My work is about the visceral and physical experience of memory, and the fragility of life. In my work, I intend to embody the frustration of recollection; of trying to remember someone you have not seen in a long time, only to find the difficulty of gaining a clear mental picture that is seemingly just beyond reach. It is bittersweet, depicting memory as degenerative, while infusing the essence of fondly reminiscing the past. I reference repetition of ideas to capture a moment, which stem from my background in printmaking and interest in photography. My work expresses a fear of loss, due to being raised in, and having family on the Gulf Coast of Biloxi, where life can easily be wiped away by nature. Taking imagery from my family's memory books, I xerox a photo and dissolve the imagery by pouring transfer chemicals over it; this causes the ink to becoming cellular and liquidy. Referencing the brain’s ability, this process enables me to shape a photographic image through an organic and chemical process. Inspired by the action of the brain to analyze, I often use materials that are tools for mapping, such as graphs, highlighters and map pin points. In my work I intend to imbue the visceral experience of memory. To do so I blur, evolve, and reconstruct the human form with visual blockages and barriers. I intend the viewer to undergo an experience of mental tension. The tension is heightened, as the figures seem to be at a pivotal point, undergoing change, where retrieval or complete lost are about to take place. These images illustrate the feelings I have experienced in life, of how quickly one can be wiped away, be it by death or simply by being forgotten.
Biography: Currently working in Columbus, Ohio Degree: BFA Columbus College of Art and Design; Columbus, Ohio, USA Hometown: Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA
Country: United States
Site: Sypsa's Art Portfolio
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